Very weak rooster

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  1. Silkiechicken66

    Silkiechicken66 Songster

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    My roo has started acting very weird. He just seemed sluggish the last week, I added vitamins and probiotics to the water but it hasn’t helped. I’ve noticed a small lump on the side of his neck, and his comb has shrunk and turned dull and dry. One of his wattles folds in on itself. What could be wrong? He just sits huddled all day and is very unstable when walking.
     
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  2. Silkiechicken66

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    And while taking photos I noticed itty bitty lice type bugs. Not visible to eye but to the camera. I will give him a permethrin dip tomorrow.
     
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  3. FarmerGirl101

    FarmerGirl101 Crowing

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    1. I would definitely treat him for the lice
    2. Make sure he gets lots of fluid in him
    Is his face normally that purple? The lump does concern me. The last time that my hen had a dry and shriveled up comb, I just had to pop in some fluids to get her rehydrated and that was it. The lump may be a problem. For the fluid, give him some fluid via syringe but not too much though. Also wet his food down. @casportpony @Eggcessive @drumstick diva @Texas Kiki @Granny Hatchet @azygous should be able to help you further
     
  4. sylviethecochin

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    The skin in the second picture makes him look rather dehydrated. Have you tried just repeatedly dipping his beak? Sometimes that encourages them to drink.

    As of this spring, I've tried injecting SQ saline twice, and it worked pretty well on case #1 (young bird, weak, suspected coccid) but seemed to do nothing for case #2.
     
  5. Kiki

    Kiki Is your thermometer calibrated?

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    Treat the lice asap.
    They will suck the life right out of him.
     
  6. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    Orally? I wouldn't do that except as a very last resort. I've accidentally drowned a kid goat doing that.
     
  7. FarmerGirl101

    FarmerGirl101 Crowing

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    I can see where you are going but I think my only concern is that some people aren't comfortable nor have access to needles. But good thinking! I would have never though of this
     
  8. FarmerGirl101

    FarmerGirl101 Crowing

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    They definitely will
     
  9. FarmerGirl101

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    Oh, I personally do that by putting some water on the side of the beak on the right side and my chickens drink it up. I never put it inside the beak but only on the side as they suck it up
     
  10. sylviethecochin

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    I wouldn't have thought of it, but an RN brought it up somewhere, and I did some research. It was more meant to be a side note than anything else.

    What I should have brought up is electrolytes. 2 qt water, 1 pinch salt (helps with water absorption) 1 tbsp sweetener (honey or corn syrup for energy, smoothness, and taste) 1 tsp baking soda (stomach soother.)
     

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